to shop / ecco derna handbag review

Here’s a quick review of the Ecco Derna handbag that I mentioned here. It’s no longer on sale and sold out on Zappos, but you can still find it at Ecco. It’s a very structured, ladylike bag. I can’t carry it as often as I’d like since I usually have way more to haul to work. It fits a ton (yes, that’s a can of sunscreen) and the compartments and pockets keep everything organized. To open it, you press the left side of the clasp inwards (the other side is a dummy). It’s very easy to get in and out of.

I love the style and quality and highly recommend it! Now, I just have to avoid wearing pearls and a cardigan with it so I don’t age myself!

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to shop / clare vivier la tropezienne brown leather tote review

Senor Elefante was a housewarming gift from a thoughtful friend. Find him here.

One of my first posts was about Clare Vivier. Fast forward four years and I’m still as big of a fan of Clare Vivier as the day I “met” her bags. My first and favorite piece is the La Tropezienne, or “La Trop”. It is still a signature piece in her collection. It is made of thick leather that is hand-dyed that has a beautiful patina with age. It originally came in brown with short handles but has since come out in black, navy, and white and in two handle lengths. I’m not a brown person but can’t resist the caramel, rich hue (which is also why I caved in a second to these Portugal-made loafers from Emerson Fry).

I have three La Trops – two brown ones (both handle lengths) and a black with short handles, with a white on the way. And am thinking about downsizing. I go through handbag phases and currently am using the long-handled brown tote. The design has changed slightly since its inception. The straps are now sewn down and also have another reinforcement stitch below the goldware. The interior is unlined and does not have any pockets, which I prefer as I usually load it up with smaller Clare Vivier pouches and/or Baggus. I do not put anything super heavy in it – perhaps my DSLR and lenses are the heaviest items I can recall. I do find the long handles to be much more convenient. It doesn’t stand up on its own unless you have substantial contents in it, which I have no problems with, but is often a criticism I see when I read reviews online.

Clare Vivier inception – wallet in a clutch in a La Trop!

I have an extensive Clare Vivier shopping directory here, but here are some sale highlights for the La Trop. It retails for $386/409 as of press time (short handle/long handle). (Hint: there are some pretty good non-La Trop CV deals out there, if you follow my directory.)

The best selection is available at Clare Vivier’s own website: short handle/long handle.


to shop / clare vivier x & other stories review (& other shoes)

Previously on & other stories

I got my & other stories goods last week, thanks to my friend’s friend who was visiting NYC and was nice enough to spare some luggage space. I was packing for a weekend trip and leaving a few hours later, so I didn’t have much time to analyze so I threw the Clare Vivier crossbody shoulder bag in black in my luggage.

  • The good news? I adore it. It’s the perfect size, the leather isn’t that delicate, and my favorite part is the magnetic flap closure. It’s so convenient to open and close (esp when I’m getting a manicure). I’m super happy with my purchase.
  • The bad news? The beautiful nude leather ballerina flats with drawstring detail were too big! Did I mention that the shoe designer is formerly of Acne? I thought my EU size would be the same as Zara/Repetto. My size is now sold out online but I have asked my friends in the UK to look out for me.

Not pictured is the ladder stitch scarf that I got in black/nude. As I mentioned before, I rarely go synthetic on scarves, but the stock photo (of the other color, draped) was so alluring. This was quite nice. I especially liked the size and weight. It’ll be an easy piece to pair with all the other black clothing in my wardrobe.

More has sold out on the website at the moment, however, they are slowly opening up stores – Copenhagen is open, and I believe Paris is soon.

If you’d like to read more about the store, check out susie bubble’s coverage.

P.S. My iPhone photo was edited with snapseed and Afterlight. Not too shabby. I didn’t like their border options though, so added that with tadaa.

P.S.S. I’m loving the lighting from my new photographer style decorative lamp, the Pangea Home Mary Floor Lamp, vs. the harsh ceiling fan light. I feel like I need a bulb with a warmer temperature, but it comes out great on the camera! Assembly was a pain though.